Deputy Chief Financial Officer

Location: Brisbane
Job Type: Permanent
Discipline: Executive Search
Reference: 1485620
Posted: 20 days ago
About Great Southern Bank

Great Southern Bank, one of Australia's leading customer-owned banks, takes pride in prioritising its customers' needs over shareholder interests. Committed to enhancing products and services while actively supporting the community, the bank believes in transparency and listening to its customers. Their purpose of helping all Australians own their own home, offering a range of products, tools, and features to facilitate smart saving. With 75 years of expertise, Great Southern Bank is poised to become Australia's preferred banking choice.
About the role:

As the Deputy Chief Financial Officer of Great Southern Bank, your role is central to providing crucial financial leadership and strategic direction. Reporting to and working closely with the Chief Financial Officer and the Executive team, you play a key role in shaping long-term strategic plans and evaluating significant business cases. Your expertise extends to providing financial advice on transformative processes and ensuring adherence to all financial and regulatory obligations, including statutory and APRA regulatory reporting. Additionally, you oversee the complete, accurate, and timely reporting of financial management information, budgeting, and planning, ensuring high standards of financial integrity throughout the organisation.
Leading a dedicated team of professionals, you foster a culture of accountability, ambition, and forward-thinking. Your guidance empowers your team to excel in their roles, driving them to deliver on the bank's purpose of helping all Australians own their own home. With your leadership, Great Southern Bank continues to evolve its financial operating frameworks, demonstrating strong control and oversight while serving as a strategic advisor to the business. In this exciting time of transformation, you contribute significantly to positioning Great Southern Bank as a challenger to Tier 2 Financial Services organisations, proving to Australians that it is not just a viable alternative to major banks but a better one.
Specifically, key accountabilities include:
  • Define and manage Great Southern Bank's financial strategy, contributing to corporate strategic direction and budget alignment.
  • Lead implementation of Finance, Reporting & Planning and Regulatory reporting strategies, leveraging automation and data for enhanced decision-making.
  • Ensure effective financial controls, maintain accounting systems, and drive disciplined execution across the business.
  • Provide accurate and timely financial reports and forecasts, offering clear insight into the bank's financial position.
  • Act as a proactive leader, driving the success of the finance department through impactful guidance and direction.
  • Establish a high performance culture centered around teamwork, disciplined execution and challenge and sense of fun.
  • Manage all aspects of people management, including recruitment, performance assessment, and continual development.
  • Provide strategic guidance to identify synergies across business areas, fostering learning and growth.
  • Challenge and balance differing business views, setting competitive yet realistic financial plans.
  • Engage and collaborate with stakeholders on material financial transactions to unlock strategic business.
The Person:
To be considered for the position, you will be a strong people leader who demonstrates extensive experience and record of achievements in a senior finance management role across the banking, professional services or a related financial organisation sectors. You will bring demonstrated experience in financial planning for a corporate, including reporting and controls, and the ability to organise and control major accounting systems.
You will need to demonstrate proven leadership capabilities in advising Senior Executives on business performance and strategic financial opportunities. Additionally, the successful candidate will have a track record of effectively presenting to Boards and board audit/risk committees, showcasing your ability to communicate complex financial matters clearly and persuasively.
Strong decision-making skills and the capacity to lead diverse functions with astuteness and intuitive judgement will be an essential requirement for this role.
You will also have experience in contributing to strategic planning development and implementation, coupled with a comprehensive understanding of contemporary management practices and planning methodologies. Moreover, you will possess excellent networking abilities, enabling you to build effective relationships and coach and develop a diverse group of professionals.
In terms of qualifications, you will need to hold a Bachelor's degree in finance, business, or commerce, along with certification as a Chartered Accountant (CA) or Certified Practising Accountant (CPA). A post-graduate qualification such as an MBA or Masters in a relevant discipline is preferred.
It is essential that you embody attributes such as strong leadership, commercial acumen, effective communication, and resilience under pressure. Demonstrate a passion for driving informed decisions, challenging the status quo, and upholding ethical and professional standards in all interactions.
For a strictly confidential discussion, please contact Callan Raine, Director - Executive on 0411 686 652. Alternatively, you can request a candidate pack by emailing
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